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Damning New Report Shows How Oakland Cops Covered Up Their Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Making matters worse, the report concludes, was "the tone at the top."

Oakland Police Department/FacebookOakland Police Department/FacebookWhile Kamala Harris was bringing trumped-up child-exploitation charges against a classifieds website, a cadre of California cops was actually paying, pimping, and passing around an underage girl for sex and getting away with it. A damning new report explains the extent that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) was involved with the girl, who goes by the pseudonym Celeste Guap, and also details OPD leadership's myriad attempts to make the scandal disappear.

Throughout the investigation of the cops, Guap, now 19, was treated like a suspect. One investigator even called Guap a "whore." Others accused her of lying and later misrepresented her statements to their bosses.

On Monday, a federal judge rebuked the City of Oakland and its police for the "severely mishandled" investigation. Since 2003 the OPD has been subject to federal oversight, thanks to racially biased policing, excessive use of force, and a refusal to comply with attempts at reform. The Guap case came along just as the Oakland police were starting to show some signs of improvement—and quickly "scuttled the city's attempt to get out from under 15 years of federal court supervision," notes NBC.

'I Was 17'

The probe started after the September 2015 suicide of Officer Brendan O'Brien. In a note, O'Brien described Guap as the catalyst for his decision. He said they had met through Facebook earlier that year and struck up a relationship—a nonsexual one, he claimed, though Guap said differently—that ended when she threatened to expose it.

Screenshotted conversations found on O'Brien's phone (he left his passcode in his suicide note) show Guap texting with O'Brien and at least one other officer. In these conversations, Guap—the daughter of an OPD police dispatcher—claims to have "been involved" with many OPD cops, including O'Brien, while she was still legally a child. She would later tell investigators that she first started sleeping with local police officers when she was 14 years old.

On her 18th birthday, Guap told O'Brien that another officer—referred to in court documents as Officer B—was now her boyfriend, that he knew she was involved in prostitution, and that he claimed to want to help her but she didn't believe him. A few weeks later, she sent O'Brien screenshots she had sent Officer B's wife, in which Guap had shared her conversations with Officer B and wrote simply, "I was 17."

After O'Brien's suicide, OPD's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) began looking into the matter—then quickly dropped it.

The only witness CID interviewed was Guap. It "did not follow up on any leads stemming from that interview and did not seek out witnesses or documentary evidence," according to federal investigator's report on the situation, which was released in late June and is known as the Swanson Report. Investigators quickly wrote off Guap as "not credible" and "failed to pursue her allegations vigorously in part because of who [Guap] was and how she responded to being interviewed by OPD."

Here's how the Swanson report sums up a recorded video of CID's one and only interview with Guap (emphasis mine):

[I]n the course of the interview, [Guap], who the investigators knew had turned 18 only one month before, named Officer C as someone with whom she had had sex. When asked where their encounter took place, [Guap] said, "What if it was in public? Could he go to jail? I don't want him to go to jail....I don't want him to catch a [public indecency] charge." She also referred to Officer B as her "boo."

At one point [Guap] cried while describing an incident in which she video-called a former OPD officer because she "needed his help." She said the officer "saw everything that happened to me, and he just watched it, and then he didn't like me [any] more." The investigators pushed [Guap] to describe what the officer saw happen to her, but [Guap] refused to tell the investigators, because she said she knew the officer was a mandated reporter and did not want to get him in trouble....

When the lead investigator told [Guap] that Officer O'Brien wrote in his suicide note that everything [Guap] said would be a lie, [Guap] told him that they had the texts, including those in which [Guap] told Officer O'Brien she was near his house. The investigator also told [Guap] that her threats to expose Officer O'Brien for having sex with her while she was underage were one of the main catalysts for Officer O'Brien's suicide. The victim later identified both of these tactics as ones that made her disinclined to share information. She felt the investigators implied she would not be believed, and if she were, she would cause additional officers to hurt themselves.

[Guap] then acknowledged having had sex with several OPD officers but said she had been 18 at the time. When the investigator pointed out that [Guap] had been 18 for only one month, [Guap] said she had sex with three OPD officers during the week of the interview.

At a break in the interview, when investigators stepped out but [Guap] remained in the room, she called a friend on her cell phone. She continued to be recorded while the investigators were out of the room, and she could be viewed on a monitor in another room. On the call, [Guap] said the investigators were asking her about her "relationships with" OPD officers, but she intended to "deny, deny, deny" to avoid getting officers in trouble....After the break, [Guap] told the investigators that she did not want to "snitch" because then OPD officers would not "fuck with" her, and she had a relationship with someone in the Department who thought he was her "only one" and who would think poorly of her if he learned about "all this." [Guap] asked the investigators, "Can't I just say it's not true and we move on with our life?"

At one point, the investigator again reminded [Guap] that her threats to expose Officer O'Brien had been a catalyst for his suicide, and the investigator wanted to prevent another officer from hurting himself if [Guap] were to get mad at them. [Guap] picked up her phone and told the investigator she would delete all her messages with officers so that she could not blackmail them in the future. [Guap] then began deleting her messages with officers, covering the names of the individuals but stating they worked for OPD. The lead investigator told [Guap] not to delete the messages and asked to see them, but [Guap] continued to delete the messages, counting out the officers one by one as she deleted her messages with each. In total, [Guap] appeared to have deleted her messages with at least six officers. Finally, the second investigator changed the subject, and [Guap] turned her focus away from her phone.

After this interview, CID determined no criminal activity had taken place and referred the investigation to the Internal Affairs Division (IAD). CID's summary of the case claimed that Guap had "made it clear" nothing inappropriate had taken place.

A Tale of Two Interviews

Internal Affairs was equally dismissive. Just one investigator was assigned to the case, and he "spoke to [Guap] only by phone, gathered no electronic evidence, ignored important leads and the advice of a Deputy City Attorney, and ultimately concluded the appropriate result was that only one officer should be disciplined."

"Throughout the [one phone] interview, the investigator's tone alternated between frustrated, angry, and patronizing," according to the Swanson Report. "The investigator's first line of questioning was to establish that [Guap] was a prostitute. The next line of questioning was to discuss [Guap]'s mother, her position in the Department, and what she knew about [Guap]'s involvement with officers. Both lines of questioning caused [Guap] to become upset and concerned that she or her mother were in trouble."

In addition to asking questions the wrong questions, IAD failed to follow up on the right ones.

For example, at one point the investigator discussed the allegations that [Guap] had made...[and] asked [Guap], "What about you telling the investigators you had sex with him in public or on top of a car or something like that?" [Guap] said, "Oh I did admit to it? Oh god, yeah I did."

The investigator did not clarify that [Guap] was confirming that she had had sex with Officer C in public. Nor did the investigator attempt to gather other details, such as when and where the incident had occurred. [Guap] later confirmed Officer C had sex with her when she was an adult. The investigator asked if Officer C knew [Guap] was a prostitute, and [Guap] said she thought everyone knew.

After this call, in October 2015, no one from IAD attempted to contact Guap again until the court intervened.

"In contrast with the interview of [Guap]," the Swanson Report notes, "the IAD investigator's tone with the subject officers was friendly and non-confrontational." Here is its summary (emphasis again mine):

In their interviews, Officer B and Officer C both admitted to exchanging messages of a sexual nature with [Guap], and Officer B admitted that he sent [Guap] a picture of his penis. Both officers denied ever having met [Guap] in person. Both officers named other OPD officers who had had contact with [Guap] through Facebook.

The investigator failed to ask follow-up questions during several key moments of Officer B's interview. For example, Officer B admitted to knowing that [Guap] rented a hotel room to have scheduled sex with eight men. Officer B said he knew [Guap] was an "escort," that "escorting" was still how [Guap] made her money, and that [Guap] had "started through Craigslist." Eventually a second IAD investigator who was participating in the interview asked Officer B whether [Guap] solicited him to have sex with her for money, saying, "You know she's a whore...."

Officer B denied being solicited to have sex for money but did not deny knowing [Guap] was, as the IAD investigator put it, "a whore." Officer B told the investigator that he was trying to "help" [Guap] to "give up that life" and to encourage her to get a "real" job. When Officer B later admitted to sending [Guap] a picture of his penis, the investigator did not...press Officer B as to why he would send a picture of his penis to someone he claimed to be "mentoring."

After this interview, the IAD investigator downgraded Officers B and C from suspects to witnesses. After a supervisor raised concerns, and suggested moving them back to suspects, the investigator replied that he was "thinking about how that would affect the department." The investigator would later ignore questions from an Oakland city attorney assigned to review his report.

A few weeks later, the IAD Commander informed sent instruction that "[C]hief wants the O'Brien caper finished."

'Good' Victims

The chief wouldn't get his wish. When the federal monitor got wind of the situation, in March 2016, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ordered an official investigation into OPD's handling of the case. The result was the Swanson Report.

Initially, the IAD commander "excused the lack of sustained findings or probing investigation by telling the Monitoring Team and other members of OPD that the City Attorney's Office had advised IAD that the behavior was off-duty conduct and therefore could not be pursued in the investigation." According to two witnesses, Chief Sean Whent also blamed city prosecutors. But city attorneys never gave that advice to the IAD commander, to Whent, or to "anyone in IAD, at least as it related to this case," the court found. "Instead, OCA's advice, documented in emails and suggested edits, was to probe deeper with Officer B and other officers before determining whether the conduct merited discipline."

A new IAD lieutenant was assigned, and by using "more appropriate and effective investigative techniques than the original IAD investigator, treating [Guap] as a victim and expressing no judgment of her work as a prostitute or her use of drugs," the investigator "fairly quickly developed a rapport with the witness," leading to additional information and Guap giving IAD access to her cell phone.

Officers B and C were placed on administrate leave. The chief was forced to resign. "By the end of the completed IAD investigation, 12 then-current and former officers were disciplined as a result of their misconduct" the court notes. A parallel investigation from the District Attorney's Office led to criminal charges against four OPD officers.

Several police officers from neighboring Bay Area departments were also investigated and disciplined.

The Swanson Report slams CID and IAD for "not investigat[ing] more thoroughly in part because of an implicit but evident bias against the victim, based on the type of victim she was: one who initiated contact with the officers in question, who was involved in prostitution, and who used drugs and dealt with mental health issues." It goes on:

In our interviews, officers involved in CID's investigation continued to mischaracterize the content of [Guap]'s CID interview, describing her as having unequivocally denied any sexual relations with OPD officers, though that was not the case. They focused on [Guap]'s sometimes erratic behavior rather than on the realistic possibility that she had been exploited by OPD officers and that that exploitation was a cause of her erratic behavior....

Put simply, CID and IAD wrote off this victim. This is perhaps not an isolated occurrence, since witnesses from within and outside the Department described a hierarchy of victimhood that led some in OPD to prioritize cases involving "good" victims over victims with more complex histories.

Making matters worse, the report concludes, was "the tone at the top." Chief Whent "sent an unmistakable signal that this case was not a priority."

Before the feds stepped in, civil rights lawyers and California residents had been pleading for then-Attorney General Kamala Harris (now a U.S. senator) to open an independent investigation into the situation, since it spanned several police departments and involved allegations of coverups. During this same period, Harris was on a showy and unconstitutional crusade against executives at Backpage, claiming they were complicit in the sexual exploitation of teen girls. A judge dismissed the charges against Backpage execs while chastising Harris for her overreach; Harris responded by refiling nearly identical charges in another California court.

But she never responded to the petitions and pleas asking her to look into systemic sexual exploitation by state agents in Oakland.

At Monday's hearing—the first time in nearly five years that Oakland lawyers have been summoned to federal court to discuss the city's policing problems—Henderson declared it apparent that "after 14 years of reforming this department," there was still much work to be done. "It's clear these allegations would not have been full investigated but for the court's intervention," he said.

The judge is expected to issue a written order this week that will require Oakland to reform policies related to cops who are accused or suspected of crimes. He may require the city to publicly identify which senior police officers were involved in botching the Guap investigation.

Photo Credit: Oakland Police Department/Facebook

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  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Fuck the Police!

  • Citizen X - #6||

    You can ask Celeste Guap how well that goes.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    That's not all I'd ask her O.o

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Guys, a little sensitivity, please?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    You're right Chipper, that was classless.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    I've seen enough TV shows to know that wasn't a suicide.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    I thought that was the problem.

  • Crusty Juggler - Double Great||

    Since 2003 the OPD has been subject to federal oversight

    You're doing a bang up job so far, Feds.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    For real. Way to bury the lede.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Wait, what? ENB buried some menfolk? Or was it Crusty? It was Crusty, wasn't it.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Sure, Crusty has buried a few people in his time, but only as part of consensual, loving mole-person fantasies.

  • Crusty Juggler - Double Great||

    I do like to pound a round mound underground like a rapacious greyhound as much as the next fella.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Raping Crusty is my favorite kind of Crusty.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    Rapping, damnit.

  • Crusty Juggler - Double Great||

    Disgusting.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That's, uh, quite the Freudian slip.

  • Uncle Jay||

    RE: Damning New Report Shows How Oakland Cops Covered Up Their Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
    Making matters worse, the report concludes, was "the tone at the top."

    Oakland is the home of the Black Panthers and Hell's Angels.
    I'd rather be associated with one of these two groups than the OPD after reading this.

  • I can't even||

    Norm MacDonald explains it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMt7C3COiVM

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    All my comments are best read in Norm McDonald's voice.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Huh. I'd been reading them in Gilbert Gottfried's voice.

  • Crusty Juggler - Double Great||

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I could use a shower now.

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    A cold shower, no doubt.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I tend to read all of Hihn's comments in Gilbert Gottfried's voice. That or Grandpa Simpson's.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    And Tony's comments I read in Special Ed's voice from Crank Yankers.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I honestly do read Crusty's comments in Daffy Duck's voice. No joke. It soothes me.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I'll have to try that next time.

  • Crusty Juggler - Double Great||

    Sufferin succatash.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Mmmm

  • Bubba Jones||

    The federal age of consent is 16, so no federal laws were broken unless they document the allegations prior to that age. If they have evidence back to age 14, the feds can and should investigate and prosecute.

    California age of consent is 18. I don't know how I feel about the Feds enforcing that. On the one hand, it seems appropriate for the Feds to police the actions of the State when they break their own laws. On the other hand, 18 is not the federal age, or even the most common State age.

    She doesn't seem to want the cops prosecuted and I think that should carry some weight if it is true. But again, if there is evidence of sex prior to age 16, put them all in jail.

  • Adam330||

    When you read this, the only crime you saw was the underage sex?

  • Bubba Jones||

    I am not in favor of prosecuting her for prostitution.

    I don't see any evidence they coerced her.

  • Adam330||

    The investigation showed strong evidence the original investigators lied in their reports and lied to the federal investigators. It also has strong evidence the officers were providing protection to the prostitute, and were trading that protection for sex.

  • Bubba Jones||

    We normally support legalized prostitution. And I think that extends to police protection.

    So long as it isn't the mob version of protection.

  • Adam330||

    Are you intentionally acting dense?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I doubt it.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    So long as it isn't the mob version of protection.

    What the fuck do you think was going on here, exactly?

    I think it's safe to assume that the nature of the "protection" being offered in exchange for sex was "Fuck me or I'll arrest you for prostitution."

  • Bubba Jones||

    That isn't what she said. She called them her boyfriends and said she didn't want them to get in trouble.

    Maybe she said this under duress but without a witness there is no conviction.

  • You're Kidding||

    They also paid her cash in some cases and provided intel in others.

  • Tionico||

    the State should prosecute these dirty coppers. Doesn't matter what SHE wants to see happen... the cops were in the wrong using her for their own pleasure.

    Wasn't there a kid recently sold down the river in California for his long term relationship with his girlfriend when he turned 18 (now a prosecutable adult) but she was still 17 for a few more months?

    And these cops, Oakland's "finest", get to walk? Aren't these guys supposed to be real MEN folks can trust and look up to? If they're bedding the underage daughter of another employee of the Department, who ELSE are they or would they bed?

  • You're Kidding||

    It wasn't just Oakland PD. This is much bigger. And, I'm not talking about officer B's penis either.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A judge dismissed the charges against Backpage execs while chastising Harris for her overreach; Harris responded by refiling nearly identical charges in another California court.

    But she never responded to the petitions and pleas asking her to look into systemic sexual exploitation by state agents in Oakland.

    And now she's a United States senator.

    It seems that no one involved in the case, from the chief to the investigators down to the victim herself, wanted any more officers to harm themselves or - perhaps more importantly - the department over this. Of course, the same discretion and sensitivity would not be afforded any member of the public having sexual relations with the underage.

  • ||

    She's a dishonorable cunt.

    Like Coakely.

    What was it about special place in hell and woodchoppers again?

  • Tionico||

    and the alledged adult males exploiting her are honourable?

  • Drake||

    I think he meant Harris, haha.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    ARE THESE AUTOPLAY ADS FOR REAL?

    REASON HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO READ YOUR ARTICLES AT WORK WHEN EVERYONE CAN FUCKING HEAR ME!?

  • Chipper Morning, Now #1||

    If there only was some technology that enabled one to listen to audio without nearby people hearing it.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Or some way to turn the volume down on your computer.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Why on earth would you have your computer speakers on at work?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    I have headphones that went all ear explodey with the ad -- it tilted me.

  • Juice||

    Why on earth would you be websurfing without an adblocker? Also, turn off autoplay. Yeah, you can do it in the browser settings.

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Doesn't adblocker border on the unethical?

  • Half-Virtue, Half-Vice||

    Le sigh, it was a shitty comment; all I can do is own my dumb assholery.

  • Incomprehensible Bitching||

    We're trying to stop human child sex trafficking, people. Don't you care about children?

    Why are you believing this whore over our gallant heroes?

  • ||

    Truly sad... Unfortunately, these are just the norms of today...

    "But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 13 But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled."
    (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 13)

    The Good News is:

    "When the wicked sprout like weeds And all the wrongdoers flourish, It is that they may be annihilated forever." (Psalms 92:7)

    -According to Chronology, the Bible is 3,500 years old, & if you doubt this, go to a *Museum not the Internet. The Bible has been translated into about 2,600 languages, and billions of copies printed & distribute. More than 90 percent of the people in the world can read the Bible in their own language. And each week, more than a million people get a Bible! Yes, there is no other book like the Bible. Have a Bible question?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    This is perhaps not an isolated occurrence, since witnesses from within and outside the Department described a hierarchy of victimhood that led some in OPD to prioritize cases involving "good" victims over victims with more complex histories.

    Isn't that pretty much SOP for police departments?

    Before the feds stepped in, civil rights lawyers and California residents had been pleading for then-Attorney General Kamala Harris (now a U.S. senator) to open an independent investigation into the situation, since it spanned several police departments and involved allegations of coverups. During this same period, Harris was on a showy and unconstitutional crusade against executives at Backpage, claiming they were complicit in the sexual exploitation of teen girls. A judge dismissed the charges against Backpage execs while chastising Harris for her overreach; Harris responded by refiling nearly identical charges in another California court.

    But she never responded to the petitions and pleas asking her to look into systemic sexual exploitation by state agents in Oakland.

    That's because she probably doesn't think agents of the State can ever do any wrong. Executives at Backpage, OTOH are executives. Don't you know that the most evil people in the twentieth century were all, without exception, capitalists? /sarc

  • Tionico||

    She was likely receiving some sort of "encouragement" to go after those execs. You know, a little 'push" to help her keep the pressure on them?

    but to take a stand for an abused underage jamtart? No gain in that.

  • ||

    Truly sad... Unfortunately, these are just the norms of today...

    "But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 13 But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled."
    (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 13)

    The Good News is:

    "When the wicked sprout like weeds And all the wrongdoers flourish, It is that they may be annihilated forever." (Psalms 92:7)

    -According to Chronology, the Bible is 3,500 years old, & if you doubt this, go to a *Museum not the Internet. The Bible has been translated into about 2,600 languages, and billions of copies printed & distribute. More than 90 percent of the people in the world can read the Bible in their own language. And each week, more than a million people get a Bible! Yes, there is no other book like the Bible. Have a Bible question?

  • Feminist Killjoy||

    It kills me how people would rather help some ideal victim of potential sex crimes than deal with actual crimes that involve actual, flawed people. Guap sounds like a horrible person to deal with in any context, but she is a victim and cops committed serious crimes. But nooooo, backpage.com might be enabling white slavers or something.

    Has Kamala Harris ever met real people? I understand people in politics become cardboard cutouts and caricatures, but that only explains the phony concern for prime time drama type victims, not the callous dismissal of actual problems from people who don't fit the narrative.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    A lot more about politics makes sense when you realize that politicians are almost always psychopaths.

  • You're Kidding||

    You did catch the mention that Gaup had mental issues?

    They were exploiting a mentally incapacitated individual on top of everything else.

  • Number 7||

    if you're going to made an alias so as to protect your identity, how in hell do you come up with Celeste Guap? I'd go with Mitzi Belvedere.

  • Mark22||

    Guap—the daughter of an OPD police dispatcher—claims to have "been involved" with many OPD cops

    And mom (I'm going out on a limb here and assume single mom) just didn't notice for half a dozen years?

  • You're Kidding||

    That was one of the weaknesses of the investigation. What role did mom play, if any? How could a mom not do anything about a fourteen year old, mentally unstable child who has resorted to this?

  • Hank Phillips||

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Couldn't happen to a fouler bunch of cretins!

  • Rufus T. Firefly.||

    Guap is one fugly chick. This story made her to be one hot piece of ass. Then I Google Imaged her and facepalmed myself.

  • ||

    Truly sad... Unfortunately, these are just the norms of today...

    "But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 13 But wicked men and impostors will advance from bad to worse, misleading and being misled."
    (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 13)

    The Good News is:

    "When the wicked sprout like weeds And all the wrongdoers flourish, It is that they may be annihilated forever." (Psalms 92:7)

    -According to Chronology, the Bible is 3,500 years old, & if you doubt this, go to a *Museum not the Internet. The Bible has been translated into about 2,600 languages, and billions of copies printed & distribute. More than 90 percent of the people in the world can read the Bible in their own language. And each week, more than a million people get a Bible! Yes, there is no other book like the Bible. Have a Bible question?

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    Forget it, Jake; It's Oakland!

  • LarryWilson||

    My favorite part of this fine article was when all those good cops stepped up and got a handle on the 14+ years of misbehavior and nipped it right in the bud.

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